Three years ago, Martha came to the United States from Colombia to find a better education and future for her children. Knowing how independent and motivated she was, she knew she would start a business in the US. With her savings, she decided to buy a cleaning service franchise because it would be a perfect fit for her and she would still have time to dedicate to her family. In 2010, Martha received a loan from Kiva partner Accion USA, which helped her grow the business. She now has three part-time employees and hopes to expand by starting another cleaning service at a different location.
Martha’s second loan from Accion USA will enable her to sign a new cleaning contract with a major local company as well as buy new cleaning supplies.
Martha says, “My vision for the future is to continue being an enthusiastic entrepreneur, to find more success in my work, and remain a good mother to my children."